The characters in Gem of the Ocean are all living in freedom, but are they truly free? How is freedom defined? Consider the characters one by one and discuss how free each seems to be. How does each person deal with his or her freedom? How does each character’s freedom change throughout the play?
August Wilson's play Gem of the Ocean deeply explores the theme of freedom. While the characters in the play are not slaves, many of them are not truly free. They are either imprisoned by their circumstances or by their guilt. Solly Two Kings, who was both a slave and a conductor on the Underground Railroad, has the best grasp of freedom and its meaning and is probably the freest character in the play.
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Latest answer posted June 23, 2019 at 4:24:06 AM